A team which will include Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan, KCSD attorneys, Camden High School (CHS) Principal Dan Matthews and CHS head football coach and athletic director Jimmy Neal will appeal the Bulldogs football team’s post-season ban before the S.C. High School League (SCHSL) Executive Committee at 2 p.m. Thursday in Columbia.
CHS, along with Dreher High School, were ruled ineligible to compete in this year’s AAA state football playoffs after the SCHSL completed its investigation of the post-game incident involving the Bulldogs and the Blue Devils following Camden’s 39-30 victory at Zemp Stadium on Oct. 17.
According to KCSD Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd, Morgan will ask that Camden’s appeal be closed to the public due to the sensitive nature of the arguments and the possible use of names involving high school students who were part of the fracas.
According to SCHSL by-laws, the party making an appeal to the executive committee will be asked by SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton, at the start of the proceedings, as to whether they would prefer the hearing to be attended by the public, or closed and include only the members of the executive committee.
School representatives will have 10 minutes to plead their case to the executive committee whose members will then be allowed to ask questions, if desired.
Dreher will appeal its case immediately after Camden has done so and will follow the same guidelines. No word has been given as to whether Dreher and its representatives will request a closed hearing.
Both schools are appealing the decision by Singleton made last week which banned both programs from the 2014 AAA state playoffs as well as participating in any jamborees prior to the start of the 2015 football season. The executive committee can decide to either uphold the commissioner’s original ruling or, rescind a part or all of the decision.
After the executive committee hears Camden’s appeal, it will vote and then make its decision public. It will then repeat the process for Dreher after it hears that school’s appeal.